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I first met Alexis when she was a bridesmaid for Amanda & Foster several years ago, and she was a bridesmaid again for Jeanelle & Mike last year.  Her over the top bubbly personality drew me to her immediately, and she has such a fantastic group of girlfriends/family that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know through the weddings and also the festivities leading up to Alexis & Tyler’s big day.  Tyler is funny, and very hard working, and I can only imagine how much he and Alexis laugh together. They met at a party through mutual friends, and their relationship grew strong and slow over time.

This was my last wedding of the year (WOO!) and I want to give a huge shout out to Alexis & Tyler and their whole bridal party for being a total blast, and Sam for his hard work shooting with me not only on this wedding but for the last year.

Some fantastic vendors for this wedding:

Wedding Day Management: Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Florist: Laurel’s On Whyte
Ceremony: Kirk United Church
Reception: Royal Glenora Club
Reception Stationery: PinkPolka
Cake: Donuts from Italian Bakery
Hair: Studio 107
Makeup: Amy Nicole
Decor: Special Event Rentals
Wedding Dress: Delica Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Novelle Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Moore’s

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  1. Jennifer Bergman Weddings posted the following on November 24, 2014 at 11:51 am.

    Beautiful! Congrats Alexis + Tyler! We were honoured to be part of your day!


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I’ve been struggling to find the words to adequately describe my experience with Kathy & Luc’s elopement (and if you know me you’ll realize I’m rarely at a loss for words!)  The best way that I can explain how it felt is to say that this wedding more than any other made me feel like an artist.  It brought into perspective exactly why I do what I do, and that there is creativity in me that is dying to get out.  I’ll never be able to thank Kathy enough for giving me this opportunity.

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Here’s the story (it’s a long one!).  Kathy was a makeup artist for a wedding we shot 3 years ago, and has followed us since then.  She and Luc have been together for several years and have 2 sons together. They decided to make it official, and she emailed me to ask about photographing their elopement. She said “Compared to the other weddings you photograph I know there wouldn’t be a lot of details, so I’m sure it would be quite the challenge. I am sure you book up super fast, so the date is really not an issue. It could be later this summer, it could be later next summer…It could be a Monday morning, or a Tuesday evening. It really does not matter to me what the day/date is. If this is something you would consider, I would love to hear your feedback on great locations, what the best time of day would be (we’re thinking somewhere outside downtown at dusk?)”

Talk about a dream! I get to pick the date/time/location of a wedding? That’s amazing for any wedding photographer – we often struggle with lighting and distracting elements in locations, but we don’t have control over it.  My inner control freak started to grin.  Then my mind went into overdrive.

For a few years I’ve had a crazy dream of getting the best wedding vendors in Edmonton together and throwing a wedding – letting each vendor work their magic and have total creative freedom, and working together to create a surprise wedding for a couple.  Kathy & Luc’s wedding was the perfect opportunity for me to make this dream a reality, and Kathy was so open to letting me plan things.  While it seemed like a fantastic idea, the week before the wedding I really started to panic. What if she and Luc didn’t like what I had put together?  The only thing that they were choosing was what they were going to wear and a general colour scheme.

After Kathy, her sister, and I rolled tree stumps down into the ravine the day of the wedding, Kathy gave me a gift. A beautiful Tiffany necklace that I wear almost daily. We hadn’t spent a lot of time together but I cherish this gift – she knew it was something I would love. And when she finally saw the ceremony location in person I knew she was going to love everything I had put together. I am by no means a wedding planner, but I’m really proud of how this all came together.  Most importantly, Kathy & Luc had a personal, emotional, and meaningful wedding.

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So now I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.  Here is my AMAZING team of vendors, and huge thanks to Kelsey for second shooting and helping me with setup, and Venessa for helping with set up as well.   See more in our feature on Swooned Magazine.

Florals: faBLOOMosity
Decor: Sepcial Event Rentals
Dress: Delica Bridal
Sign: Pink Polka
Cake: Style Cakes
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  1. Deborah Parr posted the following on November 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm.

    Absolutely wonderful … just stunning. What a lovely couple …

    I’ve been following your blog since I had the privilege of marrying Jill and Marlow and we that’s where we first met. There are days when nothing seems to have gone right, so I (seriously) fire up the computer, sit and go through photos that you and Michael have taken and my day ends right.

    I truly believe that you both are following a calling in life and our world is a better place for it!

    Many thanks for sharing lives through your eyes, much appreciated!

    Deborah Parr

  2. Michael Shandro posted the following on November 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm.

    Deborah – thank you SO much for your kind words!! I can’t tell you what it means to us to hear that. We absolutely love what we do and it’s fantastic to hear how it affects people.


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What a day. Anne and George’s wedding was held one day before the first big snowflakes of the winter descended upon Edmonton. From the pictures you would never know that it is cold. We spend most of our time in the lush forests in the Muttart Conservatory.

George adores Anne and she was so happy all day. The speeches from family and friends painted a picture of Anne as a woman with a great heart who is willing to do anything to help others. George was spoken of as a man who strongly believes in family and his family has welcomed Anne into their home many times.

Congratulations Anne and George!

– Michael

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Kim was a bridesmaid for Kaylee & Kenny a couple of years ago, and I was thrilled when she emailed me about her own wedding to Kyle! I love their easy, laid back style (and their willingness to go for a little hike with me!). We had such a fun shoot and I can’t wait for the wedding.

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  1. Fotograf Lublin posted the following on October 31, 2014 at 2:19 pm.

    Very nice autumn has been used in these photos. Good pictures! :)


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Edmonton Executive Headshots

October 25, 2014

Michael has been busy with headshots lately! This time we’re sharing an associate Vice President from the U of A, two realtors, and a wedding planner.  Having a professional executive portrait can be the best way to represent yourself and your business. First impressions are so important!

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A and I went to high school together, and thanks to Facebook have been able to keep in touch over the years, while she completed medical school overseas.  A is a strong, beautiful woman and we chatted together about doing a shoot just for her, to celebrate this time in her life.  We decided to turn it into a family shoot, and it was wonderful to meet her parents and brother.

A reminded me that in high school she predicted I was going to be a photographer.  I was one of the editors of the yearbook and took quite a few of the photos. I definitely had a love for it but never imagined I was going to turn it into a career. In fact, I was determined to be a doctor myself! I don’t remember her making that prediction, but I think it’s super cool that 15 years later I’m taking photos of her, and that she saw something in me even back then.

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Edmonton Bridal Expo

October 24, 2014

Edmonton’s Bridal Expo can be a great resource for brides looking for the perfect vendors for their wedding!  I’ve had the pleasure of being asked to photograph the booths of some of my favourite vendors for the last couple of years and so this fall was excited to head back to the Shaw to do it again!

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We want to congratulate Satpal & Kim on their engagement ! They celebrated with family and friends at the Mirage Banquet Hall. Michael and Jesse had an awesome time partying with them!

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The first thing that Stephanie said to me when I got to her house for getting ready photos was, “How’s the weather?” Stephanie Barsby is a meteorologist for CBC. As an avid CBC Radio One listener I hear her weather reports almost every day on the Radioactive program. So you can imagine how excited I was to shoot her wedding. There was a cold snap leading up to the wedding, but as it turned out, the weather that day was beautiful.

She had a gorgeous bridal party. The guys side, most of them from Kinuso, AB, were a lot of fun. They certainly kept my second shooter Melissa on her toes during the getting ready pictures. Ben and Stephanie are most certainly in love, and together with their children they make a wonderful family together.

At the reception I was placed at a table with most of the Radioactive hosts. They are a down to earth bunch in person. It’s no wonder that I enjoy their personalities so much on the radio.

Congratulations Stephanie and Ben!

– Michael

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Geez, I went to Vancouver for a few days (where the leaves are still green by the way) and all the beautiful yellow leaves are gone here!

This is part 3 of a 4 seasons project with the Rayners, (winter is coming….), and this time they have a new addition, their son Rhys.  He is a VERY welcome addition to their family, and is sure to be spoiled absolutely rotten.  I spent a very early morning on their acreage (where I was introduced to bulletproof coffee – thanks Sean!), and I always love visiting with this sweet family.

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